BrahMos is a ‘brahmastra for Indian armed forces,’ says noted scientist

Noted scientist and honorary professor at ISRO Bengaluru Sivathanu Pillai said the missile is a war winner

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: January 16, 2016 10:05 pm
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Noted scientist and honorary professor at ISRO Bengaluru Sivathanu Pillai on Saturday called ‘BrahMos’- the Indo-Russian supersonic cruise missile, a “brahmastra for Indian Armed forces” and “a war winner” on Saturday. Known as the ‘Father of BrahMos’, Pillai was speaking at the 12th convocation of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT) at Gandhinagar that saw 379 students, including 8 Ph. D scholars receive their degrees at the convocation ceremony.

On being quizzed on the need for more missiles like ‘BrahMos’ in light of India-Pakistan’s current political situation, Pillai said, “Today if you look at BrahMos, it is the only supersonic cruise missile operational in the whole world. No other country has ventured to have supersonic system in the armed forces. We have ‘BrahMos’ operational in the navy in the naval fleet, we have the army on the land force and very soon it will be with the airforce. So when we have the tri-service operation of the Brahmos, it is going to be a war winner. As you have seen in the Gulf War, the major victory of the Gulf War was the deployment of Tomahawk missiles by the Allied forces to destroy the enemy’s assets first so that way we have got a very good weapon available to give victory to India.”

Calling India self-sufficient in space technology, the noted scientist averred that going by the demand from the world over, the next move for India should be to market its space technology. “So we are going for more number of launches in a year using the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) and the trend is to go for “smaller satellites”. The navigation and the remote sensing satellites are becoming very small and they want to have interconnectivity and more revisit time. Whereas the communication satellites are going bigger and bigger, so to suit the trend the space research program will adapt itself so that we will be able to serve the nation and also we get sizable market from the world,” he added.

Speaking to students, Pillai spoke about the need for a rehaul in India’s education system and creation of innovation in ICT education and start-ups and knowledge system powerhouse to unleash India’s knowledge potential.

He said, “Startup and entrepreneurship has become a very important components of the education. I have seen in the IITs and institutions like the IICT the major component of the education is turning towards how we can mould the youngsters to entrepreneurs. That’s a big turning point in our education system which is going to make things different…In India if you see…unlike American and other countries where research has been given more important component of education, in India that has not picked up well. But our country needs that change, research should become more present-age of the education system than the teaching part.”

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First Published on: January 16, 2016 10:02 pm
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    Scientific.Politicians
    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:28 pm
    Why does an individual give an opinion about such defense equipment, UNLESS SOME DOUCHE BAG, ANTI-NATIONAL BRAHMINUT ASKED HIM TO, AS PART OF A CAMPAIGN TO MAKE THE FAILED BRAHMOS SYSTEM FALSELY SUCCESSFUL? LIKE MIG 21's THAT LOVE TO FLY DOWNWARD.!!!!
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      Varun Reddy
      Jan 17, 2016 at 8:41 am
      india is in baby sitting position when compared to other super armed nations,we should manufacture defense supersonics and all and reach highest position in defense and in tel and build a wall around INDIA including POK,aksai chin,pay money for stan and china and buy those places just like america bu hawaii ind from russia.
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        Ram Srinivasan
        Jan 16, 2016 at 9:09 pm
        So many rubbish comments
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          Rock G
          Jan 16, 2016 at 11:47 pm
          Yeah yeah, shine the bramos and keep it shiny while stan terrorise you. Its developed to use it not pickle it.
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            Raghu
            Jan 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm
            We all salute to the people who involved in this project of Brahmos. Especialyy to you.
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              Rohit Chopra
              Jan 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm
              First know the name of your real father before opening your gutter mouth...
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                Shyamal Ganguly
                Jan 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                Do note personal. As far as I know that "Reddy" name in Andhra means thief or a looter of public funds. Should be ashamed with a name like that. Change it.
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                  SAM
                  Jan 17, 2016 at 1:48 am
                  Bramos are like Bramins, highly untouchable, what War you are talking about Professor!!
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                    Thomas John
                    Jan 17, 2016 at 7:44 am
                    It is a real Brahmastra and a very good deterrant against the Arch rival- stan But at the same time not making commedable progress in developing stike/ fighter jets
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